ERIC Number: ED202881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Student-Centered Interpretation Technique Using Individual Performance on Skills Objectives of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills.
Cummings, Oliver W.
Research on an interpretation technique (IT) for using the Pupil Item Response Record (PIRR) of the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) to actively involve students in their test interpretation was presented. The major concern of the study was to determine whether the IT had any impact on attitudes toward or knowledge about the ITBS. Students in grades 4-6 used their own PIRR and Skill Summary Sheet (SSS), a listing of the major skills tested, to do their summarizations. A substantially different form of instrument was administered to 52 teachers in those grades. Preliminary results indicated: (1) a significant difference in knowledge found between students who had and those who had not been through the interpretation session; (2) a small, persistent decline, on average, in the students' attitudes of "caring about the test" over the three grades; (3) students' attitudes, at all grade levels, that most of the items covered material they had studied; (4) an attitude by students who participated in the IT that they had done better on the ITBS than students who did not participate; and (5) no immediate impact on either teacher attitudes or on teacher knowledqe about the ITBS. (RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Iowa Tests of Basic Skills
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).